Cassian Andor and the band of Rebels hit the vault in the latest episode of the LucasFilm and Disney+ Original Series, “Star Wars: Andor.” After all the training, the crew is ready for the job that will help legitimize the Rebellion. In the end, we find out who really believes in the cause and who is looking for a pay day. And while Andor is presented to the group as a mercenary, it becomes clear that he’s more committed than he let’s on or than he expected.
This episode was a departure from the first five episodes of this series. This became the first “Star Wars” series or film I can remember that relied on excellent dialogue to carry the story. We all know how bad of a script writer George Lucas was, and while other writers have been better, this series is the best we’ve seen in terms of dialogue. But, in episode 6, the series got away from relying on the dialogue. The dialogue was still good, but there was far less of it. It allowed the score and the action to tell the story. I, genuinely, loved it. It’s nice seeing a series excel in multiple areas and that’s what “Andor” is showing us it can do.
I’m also very intrigued with how this series has decided to do its storytelling. The first three episodes felt like its own story arc. Episode 4 through 6 have also felt like their own story arc. It feels like they will start a new story arc in the next episode. It’s almost like this is going to be 4 movies broken up into a 12 episode season. I kind of like that. “The Mandalorian” felt like a monster of the week show during season one. It improved with a more defined season long story arc for season 2. “The Book of Boba Fett” and “Obi-Wan Kenobi” both felt better in the weekly format with their season long storytelling. I’m sure all of these story arcs will tie together at the end of the season, but they feel like you could binge 3 episodes at time and get the gist of what they are trying to show you. It’s my belief this show would’ve been better as a monthly binge drop of three episodes rather than a weekly show.
This was my favorite episode, so far, because I love action. But, as I mentioned, this series has gone a long way in giving us great dialogue, action, score, and settings. After six episodes, I’m not ready to declare it my favorite live action series on Disney+, but I like the stylistic choices it’s making. It’s not for some, but it’s great for me.
Rating: 4 stars
What did you think of this episode of “Star Wars: Andor?”